Govt taking initiatives to uplift unemployed educated youths: CM
IMPHAL | Aug 9 : While stating that the Manipur University impasse will be resolved soon, chief minister, Nongthombam Biren said that the new government is taking initiatives to uplift the unemployed educated youths and to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship.
The chief minister was visiting at Apparel and Garment Making Centre, Lamboikhongnangkhong, Imphal West district today.
He said the state is trying to employ the youths in textile sector through large scale production of various textiles products using good quality fabrics which is imported from Guangzhou (China).
The building and machinery of Unit-1 Apparel and Garment Making Centre is a government-owned centre which is currently utilised by a private company known as Big Concepts Foundation Pvt. Ltd for high quality apparel production.
Biren said that the raw materials for manufacturing various clothes are imported from Guangzhou to Mumbai. The same raw material is then sent to the state and others to manufacture clothes. The raw material takes about 40 days to reach Mumbai from Guangzhou through water route but if the raw material is transported through Manipur by road, it would take only 12 days and there would a huge difference in transportation charges, he added.
With the low cost in transportation, the manufacturer can sell the products at low price with same fabric quality, and eventually people could find the products at affordable price with the initiatives of the new government, said Biren.
He continued that for the time being, a private company has been roped in and permitted to utilise the building and machinery of the centre at Lamboikhongnangkhong for apparel production.
He further said in the last six months, the unit has produced more than 2000 ladies’ products at cheaper rates and tagged as ‘Make in Manipur.’ The company has presently 50 employees but the state is planning to add more 300 employees if other units of the centre start functioning.
Responding to a query regarding his meeting with the governor, Najma Heptulla today, he said that the discussion was mainly about the present crisis at Manipur University.
The chief minister was accompanied by MLA of Konthoujam constituency and chairman of Manipur Tourism Development Corporation, Sapam Ranjan, MLA of Sekmai constituency, H. Dingo, MLA of Yaiskul constituency, Th. Satyabrata and principal secretary to CM, Vumlunmang Vualnam. The team inspected the progress of apparel production and interacted with the officials of the private company and workers.
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